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December 2015

Travel

London (Part 2)

December 22, 2015

Today we are excited to bring you the  final installment of our Euro trip: London Part 2. While we literally loved everything we did and saw while across the Pond, we thought we’d share a few of our most memorable experiences. 

  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour: Harry Potter – This is an absolute must and you don’t even have to be a mega HP fan to enjoy it. The studio tour takes you behind the scenes where you learn lots of fun stories and secrets from filming. Actual props and costumes are on display, and you even get to walk through some of the movie sets like the Great Hall, Diagon Alley and Privet Drive. Plus, it’s one of the few places in the world where you can drink actual Butterbeer…and it doesn’t disappoint! (think creme soda mixed with butterscotch…it’s delish)
  • Notting Hill – Pictures don’t do this quaint and colorful neighborhood justice. Funny story: We totally got busted while snapping pictures in front of our dream home. We didn’t realize a little boy and his mom walking towards us when turned to her and in his little British accent asked “Mum, why are they taking pictures in front of our house?” SO HUMILIATING!!!
  • London Eye – A giant Ferris wheel located along the River Thames and across from Big Ben. You may have to wait in line for a little bit, but the views (and pictures!) are worth the price of admission. 
  • Emirates Stadium Tour: Arsenal FC – Andrew was in total heaven….okay, it was pretty legit. We got to tour everything from where the players park their cars, to where they shower, eat, interview and play. These are some of the most famous athletes in the world and we were just hanging out in their locker room – no biggie! (Go Gunners!!?!)
  • Covent Garden  Market – I think it’s safe to say Covent Garden is one of my favorite places in the whole world. Filled with the most darling shops, restaurants, pubs and flower markets, this area oozes charm. We spent our 2nd anniversary at the coziest Italian restaurant in the area, and that night is easily one of my happiest memories.

It’s safe to say the Tius have been hit with the serious travel bug and we’ve been debating our next vacation destination since returning home from London. Last week we finally decided on a city and booked our tickets. Up next: San Francisco in February! I’ve been there once before, but it will be Andrew’s first time so any recommendations would be greatly appreciated! 

I can’t believe Christmas is in THREE DAYS! Where has December gone?! My whole family is in town and will all be under one roof for Christmas and I can’t contain my excitement!! This is my most absolute favorite week of the year and I love love love spending time with family, eating too many sweets, and celebrating the birth of our Savior. We want to wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope your holiday is filled with all the joy and magic of the season. 

Vlogs

Thanksgiving with Piper the Maltipoo

December 8, 2015

On today’s vlog: Thanksgiving with the family, decking the halls, and Piper the maltipoo.

Music: “Andy (I Found)” by StewRat
https://stewrat.bandcamp.com/album/trust

Travel

Paris

December 4, 2015

On October 14th, Andrew and I enjoyed a day in the remarkable city of Paris, France. We grieved with the world when we learned of the devastating attacks that struck the city just one month later. Our experience in Paris, while short, was one of the most memorable days we’ve had to date. We wish to express our sincerest condolences to the beautiful city and continue to pray for Paris and for the world.

Now onto a lighter note, we are excited to share our experience in the City of Lights.

Smack dab in the middle of our week in London, we decided to hop on the Eurostar for a quick day trip to Paris. After nearly missing our train and sprinting through the terminal (Kevin McCallister style) we took a little nap and woke up two hours later in France! Andrew whipped out his impressive New York skills and had the underground system figured out in no time – language barrier and all! Our first order of business was a trip to the Eiffel Tower (duh!) and dang, that beauty is massive and stunning in person. You seriously can’t stop staring. And you guys, I have never seen so many selfie sticks in my life! I swear there has to be more Eiffel Tower pics posted to Instagram than any other place on the planet. After taking our fair share of selfies, (no shame!) we were dying to get our hands on some authentic French baguettes. We spent the afternoon in the Latin Quarter where we roamed the quaint streets and admired the incredible architecture, delectable cuisine and beautiful people.  Without a doubt, Paris has London beat in the food department (no offense, I’m still #LondonForever). We stopped at every Patisserie and Boulangerie in sight and each macaron and crêpe was better than the last. Paris is romantic and magical in ways that are hard to describe. While exploring the Latin Quarter we did one of our favorite things to do – we got lost – and stumbled upon the most delightful little alley that looked straight out of a movie. We spent a while just enjoying its charm, oohing and aahing over every colored door and daydreaming about those who get to work and live on that dream street. I wanted to bottle up every magical feeling and take it home with us.

We ended our Parisian adventure at Notre-Dame. With its location on the île de la Cité (an island on the Seine) and impressive French Gothic style, the Cathedral is an absolute must-see. After touring Notre-Dame and devouring one final baguette, it was time to head back to the train. It’s funny, I remembering arriving at the St. Pancras station in London late that night and feeling a sense of relief to be “home”.  I was not looking forward to the European withdrawals/travel blues I was sure to experience upon returning to the States. Fortunately, we still had four days left to soak up all those gorgeous British accents 🙂

Be on the lookout for the final installment of our Euro trip – London Part 2 – coming next week. We want to thank you for stopping by and we hope you have a fun and festive weekend. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!